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J.K. Rowling has written another Harry Potter story… sort of

Queen Mother Rowling, why must you play with our emotions so?

On Friday, the Harry Potter author surprised and teased fans by announcing that a Harry Potter play is going to be hitting the London theater scene in 2016.

She thought, since the Potter fandom was already all geeked out about the 18th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (stop looking at me like that… I can’t help it I’m a huge Hotter-head), she would drop this bomb on her fans, too. She tweets, “I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.”

She followed that up with, “It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself.”

I’ll wait until you’re done jumping up and down for joy. No? Just me? OK. Moving on then.

Then in her mean, cruel way, she added, “I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans.” *shakes fist at computer screen.*

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Then she added, “However, I can say that it is not a prequel! To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”

She concluded, “I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.”

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Of course, whenever Rowling uses a hashtag, especially one with this much power packed into it, it will easily shoot into the trending category, and #CursedChild did just that. The theater’s own site said the play will “explore the backstory leading up to Harry’s parents’ untimely death at the hands of Lord Voldemort.”

Eek, squeal, gasp and shriek! I personally cannot wait to see where this goes.

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